Sydney Morning Herald, January 22, 2001

Shirov clear leader after 6 rounds

Grandmaster Alexei Shirov who is widely regarded as one of the most aggressive and inventive players of the modern era has scored 4 wins and 2 draws with a performance rating of 2940 after 6 rounds of the Super Grandmaster Tournament in Wijk aan Zee,Netherlands.

His penchant for wild attacking games has made him a great favorite with the chess public. Shirov smashed Bulgarian number 1 Veselin Topalov in 24 moves in the first round before beating the three Dutch hopefuls Jeroen Piket, Jan Timman and Loek van Wely. Shirov,however,has not yet played any of the players above 50 %.

World number 1 Garry Kasparov missed excellent winning chances against World number 2 Vishy Anand,the Official World Champion and Vladimir Kramnik,the Brain Games World Champion drawing both games. Kramnik found a miraculous resource to secure a draw with Anand in round 6 after 35 moves.

For The first time the World's top 9 players are competing in the same classical chess tournament.

Leading scores after round 6 (14players,13rounds) A.Shirov (Spain) 5 G.Kasparov (Russia),V.Kramnik (Russia),A.Morozevich(Russia) 4 V.Anand (India),M.Adams (England) V.Ivanchuk (Ukraine) 3.5 There are over 1500 players competing in supporting tournaments at Wijk aan Zee.

International Master Alex Wohl of Sydney,seeded 61st in the very strong Anibal Open International in Linares,Spain scored a respectable 6/11 finishing in a tie from 49th to 69th place. Wohl defeated the powerful Russian Grandmaster Alexander Fominyh rated 2582 in his best game. The 149 player event was won by Grandmasters Etienne Bacrot (France) and Zurab Sturua (Georgia) on 8.5 points.

Leading scores after 8 rounds in the Australian Junior under 18 Open Championship in Canberra (66players,11rounds) IM David Smerdon (QLD) 7 IM Zong-Yuan Zhao (NSW) 6.5 Sam Chow (VIC) 6 followed by 9 players on 5.5 points.

Girls under 18 ( 13 players,13rounds) Leading scores after round 10 Michelle Lee (VIC) 8.5 Sally-Anne Richter (VIC) 8 Shannon Oliver (ACT) and Kateryna Moshnenko (Qld) 7.5

Open under 12 (39 players,11 rounds) Leading scores after round 8 Dusan Stojic (ACT) 8 Casey Barnard (QLD) 7 Michael Wei (ACT) 6

Girls under 12 (20 players,11 rounds) Leading scores after round 8 Heather Huddleston (NSW) 7 Casey Hickman (VIC) 6.5 Rebecca Harris (NSW),Vaness Reid (NSW),Amy Evans (QLD) 5

The Australian Junior Open Rapid-play was won by Kuan-Kuan Tian (NSW) and Sam Chow (VIC)

Grandmaster Stefan Djuric of Yugoslavia who easily won the Australian Open last week in Canberra will be giving a simultaneous display limited to 30 players at North Sydney Leagues Club tomorrow evening. Seat allocations phone Norm Greenwood 9476 4533

A five minute lightning tournament will be held this evening at The Hakoah Club, Bondi and the popular weekly Henry Greenfield Cup will be held over 9 consecutive Monday evenings at The Hakoah Club commencing on January 29th.